|First appearance||The Rugrats Movie (1998)|
|Last appearance||All Grown Up!
"Golden Boy" (2008)
|Voiced by||Tara Strong|
|Relatives||Parents: Stu and Didi
Uncle: Drew Pickles
Aunt: Charlotte Pickles
Cousin: Angelica Pickles
Grandparents: Lou Pickles, Trixie Pickles, Boris Kropotkin and Minka Kropotkin
Step-grandmother: Lulu Pickles
Dylan Prescott "Dil" Pickles is a fictional character. He is the younger brother of Tommy Pickles, younger son of Stu and Didi Pickles, and younger cousin of Angelica Pickles in the Nickelodeon film The Rugrats Movie, who later appeared in the show Rugrats, on which the film is based, and its spin-off All Grown Up! Dil is named after his mother Didi's cousin (Dylan "Dil" Prescott). The character was born in The Rugrats Movie (released November 20, 1998). His name is a pun of dill pickles.
In The Rugrats Movie
Dil first debuted in The Rugrats Movie as the baby delivered after the pregnancy of Tommy's mother Didi Pickles, and Tommy's newborn baby brother. Throughout the course of this film his caretakers bear the brunt of his nonstop bawling and needs, screaming incessantly for the first few weeks after his arrival home. Because of this, the older babies were motivated to return him to the hospital; however, they wound up being stranded in the wilderness instead for a majority of the film. Despite a bumpy beginning, Dil eventually grows on the other babies by the end of the day, and embrace him as one of their own.
Dil is commonly depicted as being curious and playful, with the typical tendency to grab out for various items that capture his attention (including jewelry, Angelica's doll Cynthia, and hair) and may strike others as being selfish, but to an innocent and unknowing extent due to his young age. Albeit Dil is incapable of speech, he's able to communicate through simple "baby talk" terminology involving the few mispronounced words he does know and his nicknames for those around him, and is strongly attached to his elder brother. Tommy cares deeply for Dil and frequently makes precautionary measures during the infants' fantasized ventures to protect his brother from harm, defending him against any hazards or Angelica.
In All Grown Up!
At ten years of age, Dil may still be the youngest of the gang, but he has come a long way from when he was a 3 month old. Dil now has red hair like his mom, and he has developed an unusual personality. Dil had an imaginary alien friend in Izzy in the episode "Izzy or Isn't He?". Dil has a pet goldfish called Pablo and in "Lucky 13", Dil showed that he is fascinated by dolphins, believing that they share "a bond with our alien brethren", showing to be inspired by Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. In the episode "The Big Score", Dil becomes the mascot for the middle school soccer team by dressing up as various animals, including a slug and a monkey not unlike the Los Angeles Angels' Rally Monkey. Dil, in fact added soccer to the list of favorite sports early on in the series (since then however, most of the soccer is focused on Phil and Lil DeVille). Dil is a team laser tag player, as shown in the episode "Tommy Foolery". Dil also shows his side as an inventor in "Tweenage Tycoons", proving that Dil is a smart boy.
Dil believes strongly in aliens and the supernatural, and he actually gets to interact with an extraterrestrial race in the episode "Tommy Foolery". Dil also believes strongly in the theory of karma and has tried to train Angelica to build up her karmic residue to get rid of a zit on her cheek (It's Karma, Dude). Dil celebrates both Jewish and Christian holidays (Hanukkah and Christmas for example), this is due to his Father and Mother being Christian and Jewish, respectively. In fact, in the Christmas episode of All Grown Up!, Dil and Tommy wrote a Hanukkah song and performed it after Susie sang the first verse of The First Noel.
Dil is not only an unusual boy; but he also is a mix of several international cultures. Thanks to his unusual behavior and originality, it's been thought that Dil was intended to be a breakout character. This happened on the last seasons of the show which most of the storylines included him and even in the last series episode "All Broke Up" he masterminded both plots. As a result, Dil was ranked number one in the most recent poll for favorite character. In the episode "Brothers Grimm", it shows Dil writing left-handed.
Dil loves embracing different cultures. It is known that he wears a sherpa hat (as evidenced in "A DeVille House Divided") in almost every episode, and he wears the kilt part of Scottish culture and in the episode "Memoirs Of A Finster", he was seen eating with chopsticks and wearing Japanese shoes and wearing a Mexican poncho. On "Dude, Where's my Horse?", it is known that Dil is also interested in different languages like Spanish (which is the language of one of his favorite Soap Opera "¡Hospital de Tentacion!" ) and Portuguese as seen in "Curse of Reptar".
Role as a little brother
During the series Dil has changed his role of little brother, on Season 1 and 2 we saw a continuity of how Dil looked up to Tommy, in All Grown Up he worshiped Tommy until Season 3 where Dil seems to get independence from his own brother, on Season 4 he finally breaks that feeling of worshiping and on Season 5 the rivalry of the brothers is more seen as Dil is totally independent from his brother, and as seen in Golden Boy he shows that he can be better than Tommy in almost everything, and defeating him in the forest with his skills that include: Talking to animals, constructing campers with things he can find in the forest etc.
Gift of invention
Like his father Stu before him, Dil Pickles possesses the gift of invention. However, Dil's inventions tend to be somewhat as weird as he is. "Tweenage Tycoons" featured many of these inventions:
- The "Belt Quarium", a belt-like aquarium that Dil built so he could keep an eye on his pet goldfish, Pablo.
- "Shades With a View", shades that act somewhat like Fisher-Price's View-Master toy, with a button on the top of the lens which allows the user to flip through different slides.
- "Shillows", as Dil describes them, "shoes with pillows".
- A tie with a watch face that allowed the wearer to quickly glance downwards and see the time, instead of lifting his hands to see the time.
The episode "All Broke Up" also shows him inventing a board game called "Impatience".
Also, another invention appeared briefly in "Truth or Consequences" that allowed Dil to read while walking backwards on his hands. As Dil passed by, it prompted Phil to ask, "I wonder what Dil would be like if we never dropped him on his head?"
Also in "Tweenage Tycoons", there were also several inventions and ideas that Dil considered during his inventor's block, that didn't turn out so well (some of which didn't even leave the drawing board!):
- Talking socks
- Blinking underwear
- Mayonnaise Wallpaper
- Ideas during his brief "normal" phase which had been done before like a rubber band ball, a file cabinet, and glue.